en.infoglobe.cz » Ostrava: The City on Crossroads – VIDEO

Ostrava: The City on Crossroads – VIDEO

Published: 20.9.2016
Not so long ago, when a tourist got into Ostrava it was rather a coincidence. Mining and heavy industry was what the city lived of. One was afraid to roam in some district even during daylight. However, the city lives with culture today, there are many interesting sights, and growing number of young people who start new ambitious projects.

Dolni Vitkovice is the greatest lure in Ostrava. This area seeks to get to UNESCO world heritage list. You can explore majestic 19th century steelworks, coking plant, and mining tower. Moreover, there is the World of Technology, which is an interactive exhibition spanning over two halls.

There are more sights related to mining in Ostrava. For instance, the Landek mine. We wrote about it already. There is a beautiful exhibition. Some machines are so large they will take your breath away. Moreover, you can look down into the mines.

Landek Park

New Town Hall is another point of interest we recomend you to make a trip to. You can ride in an elevator up to its observation deck where you will get the vista over the city and its metropolitan area, the Beskydy mountains, and monumental Lysa mountain. There are huge industrial compounds of Ostrava to be seen from atop of the town hall. Some of them are still operating some not.

New Town Hall New Town Hall yard

Arcellor Mittal and the Beskydy in the background

Notice how the city is green. Unfortunately, these are usually hill from mining covered with grass and the so called brownfields – places without usage where mines and factories used to be before. There are plans in Ostrava to make good use of such areas. Ema mound is a place that you can climb today. You will get a vista over unique forest. It grows thanks to the fact that it smoulders below. Therefore, it is much warmer there than on some other place.

Ema mould  and Petr Bezruc mine

Ostrava is a place of many other architectonic lndmarks. These are in downtown as well as some more remote districts. Ostrava-Habruvka is a unique working class district. Ostrava-Privoz district has a beautiful Art Noveau landmark zone. Ostrava-Poruba district is a showcase of grandiose socialistic 1950s architecture.

Masaryk square

Ostravice Bozskeho spasitele cathedral

It will take numerous years for the city to heal its old wound after intensive black coal mining operations and steelworks. Right now you can witness he transformation of formerly heavy industry city into a modern city. It is a must-see for everyone who fancy history and culture.

GPS: (main train station) 49°51'07.4"N 18°16'09.8"E

Text and video: Matouš Vinš

Photos: Matouš Vinš, Klára Svobodová

Music: Alasdair Cooper

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

CZ, Ostrava: Vitkovice – Blast Furnace Tour
Published: 2.9.2014
The Dolni Vitkovice area became in 2002 a national cultural sight and it is very popular among public. For the last two years it has became the fourth most visited tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Industrial compound with high furnaces had been used for 170 years to produce iron. On the tour you can learn about the production, function of individual construction, and have authentic experience. Today on the place where coke, iron ore, and limestone, there goes a glass elevator. Instead of material it will take up you.

CZ: Bruntal Chateau and Sovinec Castle – Pleasant Oasis in Harsh Land
Published: 7.7.2016
The region of Bruntal is a quite remote part of the region of Moravia-Silesia. It is situated between the Hruby and Nizky Jesenik mountain ranges. Allegedly, the region of Bruntal is harsh. The inhabitants like to make jokes of themselves by talking about local toothy frogs – a jest of sorts. Don´t worry, however. Come here for there are beautiful places worthy exploring.

CZ, Hranice – A Town You Should See
Published: 4.11.2021
The Moravian Gate geomorphological unit has many interesting nooks in nature as well as interesting towns one of which Hranice is. This town is 23 kilometers awy from Prerov. Since the Prehistory it has been an important crossroad of various roads. History and modernity are both present in this town.

CZ, Radhost – The Home of Slav Sun God Radegast – VIDEO
Published: 23.5.2017
The legends say that Radegast lived on the summit of Radhost since time immemoriam. He was pagan god of sun, war, and victory. Today, Radhost, a 1192 meter mountain, still remains a place of pilgrimage. There is a beautiful church on its top. This and the vista are sure worth the hike.

Kunčice pod Ondřejníkem – Great Base for Trips to the Beskydy – VIDEO
Published: 30.5.2017
A little and at first to notice village in the Beskydy has become increasingly popular among holidaymakers from the Ostrava region and elsewhere. Beautiful nature and easy accessibility motivates people to travel there.

CZ: Dolni Oblast Vitkovice – Majestic Beauty of Steel – VIDEO
Published: 6.6.2017
It is called the Hradcany of Ostrava. The steelworks really look like a huge castle. At the end of the last century, iron molting operation was stopped here. However, fortunately large share of the unique industrical complex was safed for the future generations. Let's take a short trip with us to the steel heart of Ostrava.

CZ, Roznov pod Radhostem: Oasis of Peace at the Beskydes – VIDEO
Published: 13.6.2017
Roznov pod Radhostem, a picturesque town is one of these places you fall in love with instantly. And if not instantly than sooner than later. Between the 18th century and the WWII it was a climatic spa. It slowly returns to this tradition in the present.

CZ: Ostrava - Park Landek Or Hard Life Of Miners - VIDEO
Published: 1.11.2011
Ostrava is a place, where life is not simple and where the pollution is worse in EU. Despite that local people love this city and they do not miss any moment to fight for it. To Praguers are some Ostravians, and there are a lot of them, particularly allergic.

Published: 24.9.2007
The town of Havířov is situated between Frýdek-Místek and Karviná in the East of Czech Republic. The administrative part of the town, extending on a surface of 3208 ha are Město, Šumbark, Životice, Podlesí, Bludovice, Dolní and Prostřední Suchá and Dolní Datyně . The town has got its name in an open competition, became in 1990 a Statute Town with 89000 inhabitants.

Related Photogallery

CZ: The Beskydy
In the eastern part of the Czech Republic, along the border with Poland and the Slovak Republic s...

CZ: Ostrava - Moravian and Silesian
Among city's most dominat landmarks is the tower of the New Town Hall. Up form there you have bea...

CZ, Ostrava: ZOO and Botanical Park
ZOO in Ostrava enjoyed a new baby animal to its elephant family. It is a cute girl Indian elephan...

CZ, Ostrava: Lower Area Vitkovice
Industrial compound of the former Vitkovice steel works became a national cultural landmark n 200...

CZ: Karvina
A city on the Czech-Poland border is famous for black coal mining. Until the present there are op...

Related Videos

CZ, Roznov pod Radhostem: The Oasis of Peace Below the Beskydy
Before the WWII the city was effectivelly a climatic spa. Today, the tradition has been slowly re...

CZ: Dolni Oblast Vitkovice – Steel Beaut
Have you ever heard of the Hradcany of Ostrava? These are former steelworks looking like a giant ...

Ostrava: A City on Crossroads
Ostrava is not particularly hot tourist spot – it had always been a mining and heavy industry cit...


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:thursday 19. 5. 2022
thursday 19.5.
12 °C
friday 20.5.
18 °C

TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.


TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.